Annuals for Fall

Fri. Sep. 1, 2017

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We’ve had a couple of cool days and plenty of heat, but Fall is approaching.  Heck, school’s already started for some!  By now most of our summer annuals, if they survived the heat, are looking brown and leggy, and not in a good way!  My petunias were pathetic!

pooped petunias

On to Fall and new plantings.  All the plants I’ll mention now can handle a wider array of temps, so if it’s still hot, don’t worry and if a light frost starts nipping at their petals, don’t worry.

Osteospermum is one of my favorites.  This flower is also known as the African Daisy.   Breeders continue to create scads of lovely colors in shades of purple, yellow, orange, white, pink and blue and varying petal shapes to make them even more enticing.  Don’t be alarmed if you come out in the evening and the petals have pulled in, they’ll reopen in the morning.

Osteospermum container planting

They can be the showcase to your trailing plants like calibrachoa, the mini petunia also called Superbells.  This wonderful little eye popper also comes in lots of colors and is more heat tolerant.

Superbells reblooming with geranium
superbells – coral

Lantana is a plant that I’ve recently had several people say “I love this plant, what is it”.  Lantana is a native of the tropical Americas and Africa.  The flower clusters come in many colors including several in one cluster.  Lantana is easy to grow and truly looks happy anywhere!  Lantana can be grown indoors!

superbells, a couple of coleus and more!

And of course… mums